Wednesday, March 30, 2011

WIP Fire. Or... How To Get Your Groove Back

So. A while ago, I wrote a post on how to get back to your WIP after being away for, like, forever. Today, I'm sort of discussing the same thing, but not exactly.

*scratches head*

I'm currently working on the second draft of my WIP. I say second draft, but really, it's a HUGE rewrite. The task is much more daunting than I had expected, folks. 

But I love it.

Well, I love it when the words flow easily for me. Those other times? Not so much.

So here's an extra tip on how to get your groove back after a while of not writing a particular project:

4) Give yourself permission to brainstorm

I often stare at the screen for waaaay too much time, not knowing what the heck to write. But if I don't write something, I feel guilty and lazy. Here's the deal: if this happens to you, DON'T FEEL GUILTY AND LAZY. Brainstorming is work. You're thinking about improving your WIP. How to inject sense into the thing. These days, I spend more time brainstorming than I do writing. And when I do sit down to write, the pages fly by because I know where my story is going (keep in mind, this is a second draft. First drafts can be trickier). It takes me less than an hour to meet my word count goal of the day. All because I didn't force it out, and took my time to ponder first. 

Folks, embrace the pondering. It is awesome.

Now if you'll excuse me, I must go ponder how to tackle my homework... *sobs*

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  1. Great suggestion! Now only if I can get my brain working to brainstorm...hmmmm.

  2. Great suggestions. I agree, brainstorming helps a ton. I hate just staring at my screen trying to think of a great word. Good luck with the wip. =D

  3. I do love a good brainstorm. I think taking time to think about your WIP is just as important as actually getting the words on the page.

  4. Huh. That's actually some great advice. I'm in the middle of re-writing my novel from 3rd person to 1st, and it usually flows pretty well, but sometimes the inspiration doesn't come.

  5. Great tip! I've been stuck on a WIP for MONTHS, so I think I'll take a stab at this brainstorming idea. :)

  6. Great post and I agree - brainstorming time is important. Sometimes, for me, even just taking some time, period. When I'm not even consciously thinking about the WIP, yet ideas are percolating and developing.:) good luck with your rewrite!